Aged Deckhands in Montluçon
Written By: Jeffrey Alfier
Spent from walking, they stop at Cafe Le Prestige,
lean on a shared table, two men that oceans
once chained to the commerce of the world.
House and car keys jangle in their pockets.
Memory sops the yellowed bread of years.
Ricard aperitif is raised in nicotine-tainted fists.
The pace of talk slackens. They doze in late sun
that slides over La Cher river, rouse from sounds
of traffic to debate again the troubles of the world.
Each will be off to his own home soon enough,
dawdling amblers, quibbling along the way
with the low, embered light pooling in the west.
Jeffrey Alfier is founder and co-editor of Blue Horse Press and San Pedro River Review. He won the 2014 Kithara Book Prize for his poetry collection, Idyll for a Vanishing River. His latest books are Southbound Express to Bayhead and The Red Stag at Carrbridge – Scotland Poems. Recent credits include Southern Poetry Review, Hotel Amerika and Cold Mountain Review.